Hengistbury Head Beach

Hengistbury Head beach, Christchurch, Dorset

Place Category: Beaches

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  • Hengistbury Head is a headland jutting into the English Channel between Bournemouth and Christchurch, at the end is a spit that creates the narrow entrance to Christchurch Harbour.

    Hengistbury Head beach is a pebble beach below the imposing clay and ironstone cliffs, with the Hengistbury Head Nature Reserve separates Poole Bay and Christchurch Bay and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

    Not so much a beach holiday location but a good place to explore and go for walks along gravel paths throughout the nature reserve.

    Facilities include pay and display car park, toilets, cafe and the Hengistbury Head Centre.

    We have no current information on dog restrictions for Hengistbury Head Beach.

    Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 7 beaches around Christchurch, 55 beaches in Dorset, or check our list of Dorset Dog Friendly Beaches.

  • Hengistbury Head Beach 7-day Weather Forecast

    Light rain tomorrow through next Saturday, with temperatures falling to 14°C next Saturday.

    Today's Forecast
     Mostly cloudy starting in the evening.
     
    14
    -> 
    19
       0%  46%   9 mph
      6:56 am    7:05 pm
    Sunday, Sep 24th
     Light rain starting in the afternoon.
     
    14
    -> 
    17
       34%  77%   10 mph
      6:57 am    7:02 pm

    Monday, Sep 25th
     Light rain until afternoon, starting again in the evening.
     
    13
    -> 
    16
       58%  100%   7 mph
      6:59 am    7:00 pm
    Tuesday, Sep 26th
     Partly cloudy throughout the day.
     
    11
    -> 
    17
       12%  39%   1 mph
      7:00 am    6:58 pm

    Wednesday, Sep 27th
     Rain starting in the evening.
     
    12
    -> 
    17
       55%  66%   12 mph
      7:02 am    6:56 pm
    Thursday, Sep 28th
     Overcast throughout the day.
     
    11
    -> 
    15
       20%  99%   5 mph
      7:03 am    6:53 pm

    Friday, Sep 29th
     Light rain in the morning and afternoon.
     
    13
    -> 
    17
       26%  100%   13 mph
      7:05 am    6:51 pm
    Saturday, Sep 30th
     Rain overnight.
     
    10
    -> 
    14
       22%  60%   8 mph
      7:06 am    6:49 pm

  • Hengistbury Head Beach Tide Times

     

  • Hengistbury Head Beach Bathing Water Quality

    Water samples are taken at regular intervals during the bathing season and at the end of the season the water quality is classified as:
    • Excellent: the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
    • Good: generally good water quality
    • Sufficient: meets minimum standards
    • Poor: You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.
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